Eating disorder experience

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Eating disorder experience

Post by Priya » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:35 pm


I am very near to finishing my undergrad psychology degree and i am very much interested in eating disorders however for past few months i have contacted endless amounts of clinics to try and gain some experience but i have not been successful.

Does anyone have any advice? Where could i look to apply?

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by Randomswirls » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:51 pm

I don't know if you are only looking for paid work but I wonder if Beat have any volunteering oppurtunities?

Alternatively could you try and speak to a psychologist or ward manager who works the clinic and see if they can help?

Lastly is there any research being done local to you eg I know that in the past Oxford used to do some and it wouldn't surprise me if they still do and I'm sure other big universities will have research being done that may be looking for volunteers?

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by Priya » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:29 am

Beat only recruits for the phone volunteers and that would be far for me. I wanted to get a bit more hands on. But thanks for your help.. Ill keep trying i guess

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by Rachel » Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:47 pm

It might be worth looking at opportunities listed on your local authority& NHS recruitment sites - I manage a county wide service that regularly works closely with CAMHS family therapists on eating disorder referrals with the aim of preventing tier 4 admission - the work is very much hands on with this client group.

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by AnonymousMouse » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:55 pm

Try private hospitals too. The Priory, Huntercombe and Ellern Mede are starting points.

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by ImaginePsych » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:24 pm

Keep your eye on the NHS jobs page for bank healthcare/nursing assistants who work across a number of wards. I work on the NHS bank and have worked on an eating disorders ward.

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by rose281 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:40 pm

I was in a similar position to you when I was an undergrad and when I graduated. Due to the confidential nature of mental health services in general and ED units, it's almost impossible to get a work experience placement/voluntary work directly on a this type of ward.

Like others on here have said, the best way might be to look for a paid Healthcare Assistant or Support Worker role, on the NHS website or private healthcare companies. You might need a little bit of related experience to get one of these jobs. So perhaps look into volunteering with charities such as Mind or Rethink. Even roles such as the one you mentioned as a telephone mentor for Beat would be amazing experience. It doesn't have to be directly related. There are often voluntary roles within the NHS, it may not be directly within a mental health unit, but would still be great clinical experience.

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by pennythrale89 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:25 pm

I'm with SparkyMarky, I was a bank healthcare assistant but worked pretty much full time on an eating disorders inpatient ward. I'm now an assistant psychologist in a specialist eating disorders team!

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by SophieAmelia » Sat May 31, 2014 10:24 am

Hiya where would you be willing to work/travel to? I might be able to help...I work for an NHS Eating Disorders Service in the East Midlands and in the past we have had work placement trainee doctors/nurses etc? If you are interested private message me (: don't want to give away specifics in case i get identified on some of my other posts (:

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Re: Eating disorder experience

Post by haymond » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:22 am

I used to work in a CAMHS inpatient ward and have experience working with young people with eating disorders, this also involves meal modelling and supporting them as they eat. Another avenue for you to consider.

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